Comfort Zone: Realization via a Worldly Perspective

August 1, 2017

You may often read about stretching beyond your comfort zone. The only way to do that is be comfortable where you are (in your career and in your own skin). This week, Guest Blogger, Denise Mikita, MS, CVT explores the idea of “comfort zone.”

What is your comfort zone? Have you ever defined it? Do you feel it in veterinary medicine? In other words, when you go to work, are you in your comfort zone?

What exactly is a comfort zone? It certainly is unique to each individual. Yet it can be generally described as a place or situation where one feels safe or at ease. This in turns leads to feeling confident, professional, and an expert in your field.

Some comfort zones take a while to establish. For example, when I first started in a clinic as a certified veterinary technician, it took about a year and a half to truly establish my comfort zone. Yet in July 2017, when I had the amazing opportunity to travel for two weeks in Russia (Moscow to St. Petersburg), I felt in my comfort zone immediately.

Maybe it can be attributed with having 20 years of life under my belt between the two experiences (comfort in my position as a CVT and comfort in Moscow). Maybe it’s just situational. Either way, finding it is wonderful.

In Russia, each day we had a local guide who would point out the highlights, provide pertinent history of the area, and take us to visit churches. Approximately 80% of Russia’s people proclaim Eastern Orthodox Christianity as their religion.

If you’re not familiar with the Eastern Orthodox religion (it’s not predominate in the United States), one sign of an Orthodox church is a cupola, or dome, which is generally either gold or blue, and a three-bar cross. These were everywhere! One town, Novgorod, had 54 churches alone! Not all were active, but they had been restored from earlier times (destroyed from earlier wars or invasions).

Why I mention all of this is that I am Eastern Orthodox. While in Russia, even though I didn’t know the language or even all the customs, I felt at home. My faith was everywhere! I basically knew how to act and what to do in the churches. I was in my comfort zone.

Just as I’m not Orthodox only on Sundays, I’m also not a veterinary technician only when I’m in a clinic. It is my life and I want to be at ease with it as much as I can be.

The veterinary profession is a calling, not just a job. You don’t turn it off when you leave the physical building. It is you and you are it. You are always a veterinarian, a veterinary technician, or whatever role you play. Do you truly embrace it?

It’s not that you have to be in that role 24/7. That would be too tiring! However, when you are active in the role, are you comfortable with it?

Do you have a space where you can truly be a veterinary professional and thrive in your position?  If you don’t have it right now, can you create it in the environment where you are currently working, even if it’s only for part of the day?

If you can’t regain a sense of security, then perhaps a move is in your future. These are issues where CATALYST Vet PC can help you. Please reach out as it’s unhealthy not to be able to be yourself.

Do you have a comfort zone at home? I have created my household to be my sanctuary. I have surrounded myself with things so that I am comfortable when I am here. If you don’t always have that perfect environment at work, do you have it at home? And is that enough to rejuvenate yourself?

While I’m not ready to move to Moscow, I hope to retain the feeling of being in a place that was familiar and comforting. I will continue to make this a reality in places where I can control the outcome, like my home. If I can’t control the environment, then I can still govern my reaction to situations and hold fast until I can return to my comfort zone.

Yours in finding your comfort zone,

Denise Mikita, MS, CVT

About the author
Denise received her veterinary technology degree from Front Range Community College in 1997. She has held multiple positions both for employment and as a volunteer. These include: a small animal clinic, a specialty clinic, and the Denver Zoo Hospital. She held the position of Executive Director for Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians (CACVT) for 10 years. She has sat on multiple boards and organizations including the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). Currently Denise is the Executive Assistant for CATALYST Veterinary Practice Consultants.